This 12-week course covers the essential principles and design features of human thought and movement. Anatomical and physiological information are synthesized with optimal coordination to provide you with a clear, simple process for doing everything you do with greater ease, joy, and sustainability.
The Alexander Technique is the framework used to organize and apply the information to your life. It is renowned in the performing arts, athletics and other fields of human excellence for its holistic and empowering effects. The Alexander Technique can be used at will, to do anything we wish to do with quality. It is an invaluable tool- a reliable, adaptable process to call up technical and performance skills, and to synthesize our skills and coordination in glorious acts of creation.
“In the study I found the things which I had ‘known’ – in the sense of theoretical belief – in philosophy and psychology, changed into vital experiences which gave a new meaning to knowledge of them.”
John Dewey, Introduction to The Use of the Self by FM Alexander
For those who participate in the coaching and complete the assignments, there is a Certification for this course.
Kate Conklin is a vocalist, performer and educator. Through thousands of hours of work with elite performers, observation and analysis of movement, voice work, performance and research in the fields of performance excellence, human design, coordination, and neurobiology, Kate has developed a coaching process which is which is creative, collaborative, and empowering.
“Kate helped me to play drums in a way that would connect with an audience for the entire length of a show, be sustainable physically, and kick-ass musically. Rehearsing for the 2012/13 Garbage world tour, we were doing six-hour long rehearsals to get everything tight for the road, and Kate helped me make playing easier without losing my sound or expression. She also helped me strategize for the demands of traveling and tour schedule to keep fit for performance.
Kate showed me simple strategies for using movement, balance, breathing and posture to get better tone from the drums, and how to thrash on the drum kit in a healthy way. We also worked on what I do when I’m producing, how to make long hours at the mixing board less physically taxing and keep my focus in the studio.
Whatever it is you do, Kate will help you do it better.”
Butch Vig, Grammy-winning Producer, Drummer, Co-leader of Garbage
Los Angeles CA
“I have found the Foundations Course to be an invaluable, synchronistic blend of exactly the information I want to have access to as professional performer. Kate has a knack for presenting dense, scientific material in a usable, and more importantly, efficient and accessible manner. While some of the information I may have run across in previous studies, the way it is combined and presented here has been responsible for multiple breakthroughs just in the duration of the course. Most of the material, however, has been new to me and immensely interesting — and important in creating fluidity and efficiency between the constraints of my instrument and what I want to say and do in performance. I am excited to see what further review and deeper study on my part will bring as I integrate new understandings with the demands of what I do on and off stage.”
Rainelle Krause, Soprano & Aerialist
“When I first sought out lesson with Kate in the Alexander Technique I was at a point with my wrist pain that I wasn’t sure my profession would be sustainable in the long run. These doubts were weighing heavily on me, and yet within months of working with Kate I was 80% better. That sounds almost ridiculous, but it’s absolutely true. The speed and effectiveness were astonishing, and I can’t thank Kate deeply enough for it.”
Ben Wynn/ Deru, Sound Designer & Composer
Los Angeles CA
“As a professional singer and performer of over 25 years who has had her share of struggles with technical issues (vocal fatigue, stamina, etc), working with Kate Conklin has been absolutely invaluable. Her particular approach, using principles of the Alexander Technique, is simply wonderful. It is a way of looking at practice and performance through the lens of anatomical function wedded to psychological intention. The resulting vocal freedom and vocal stamina are palpable!
I like the structure of the course, with recorded lectures that are always accessible online to watch/listen to, mixed with the live coaching where a participant can both work on some material in real time and observe others doing so. Both are so useful! Kate also provides reading material and references to complete the picture.
Highly valuable and much appreciated. Thank you, Kate, for creating this course!!!!”
Dina Emerson, Vocalist
Meredith Monk Ensemble, Cirque du Soleil